Brief Lives By John Aubrey – 1992

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A series of slanderous, intimate, shocking and defaming pen sketches of the lives of eminent people of the 17th century. See reviews

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Pre-owned. A heterogenous mixture of anecdote, first hand observation, folklore and erudition, an open-minded – if at times inaccurate – portrait of an age. Reviews: ‘I love John Aubrey’s Brief Lives because they are funny – full of gaps, anecdotes and profundities all mixed up, as lives are’ (Rosemary Hill Guardian); ‘I was hooked. Rapier-sharp, elegantly phrased, and without a dull or wasted word’ (Christina Hardyment Independent); ‘You can almost smell and taste 17th-century England’ (Tim Flannery Guardian); ‘These aren’t po-faced accounts: the joy of Brief Lives is its irreverence… [Aubrey] never kept a diary or account of his days and so the biographer Ruth Scurr, who has written the introduction to this new edition, wrote one for him. John Aubrey: My Own Life was published last year; read the books side-by-side’ (The Times); ‘These vivid and entertaining sketches justify Ruth Scurr’s claim that Aubrey was “one of the finest English prose-writers there has ever been’ (Scotsman). In good condition with some minor creasing and tanning, but no tears or inscriptions. Paperback. Published by Mandarin 1992

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Weight 0.384 kg